Indians and their policymakers are finally affirming in public utterances and sentiment that we inhabit a mostly friendless world. This existential condition is nothing new in international relations except for one possible historical exception of a Greek city-state that accepted its own destruction during the Peloponnesian wars to remain faithful to its treaty obligations. India has adversaries, ‘frenemies’ and, at best, well-wishers. Its only genuine well-wisher is clearly Vietnam, but it will be able to do little in the event of India getting into serious trouble during a neighbourhood war.
- 19 Jul 2022